Holy Cross' Lower 9th Ward campus makeover comes up short

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: February 14, 2012

Citing their inability to line up financing, developers have scrapped a proposal to buy the shuttered Holy Cross School campus and bring a full-service supermarket and affordable housing for teachers to the Lower 9th Ward site. A team led by New Orleans-based Green Coast Enterprises signed an agreement to buy the 16-acre tract last year. But the group notified the school’s real estate agent recently that it would not be able to meet a late…

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Screeeeech... Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes Appeal Suit

Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: February 13, 2012

Keep on rolling… for now. It may not be the best weather for cycling, but the Prospect Park West bikelash is heating up again. On Friday, Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes, the cleverly named community group opposing the lane alongside Prospect Park, appealed an August decision in Brooklyn Supreme Court not to hear its legal challenge against the city. The group still contends that the …

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Walmart 'Great for You' Healthy Labels: Nutrition Experts Say 'Devil in the Details'

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: February 07, 2012

As Walmart announced plans today to label certain foods with a new green “Great for You” label, some diet and nutrition experts told ABC News they applauded the move, while others questioned whether a company that sells food could set objective standards for what is healthy. “There is no reason why foxes should guard hen houses, and no reason why those selling food should be the ones to rate nutritional quality,” said Dr. David Katz,…

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Walmart to label healthier food as 'Great For You'

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: February 07, 2012

After a lengthy debate, Walmart decided that eggs are indeed healthy. Eggs are among the foods getting a new “Great For You” icon from the world’s largest retailer as it tries to convince shoppers that they can make healthy, low-cost choices when picking out food at its U.S. stores. The icon comes just over a year after Walmart, the main U.S. arm of Wal-Mart Stores Inc, said that it would look for ways to improve…

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Giving City Streets Built-In Safety Features

Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: February 07, 2012

When it comes to moving people around in healthy ways, New York City already has a leg up on most cities and towns around the country. The city has sidewalks in all five boroughs; food stores and other shops are within walking distance of where most people live. It is served nearly everywhere by extensive, inexpensive and largely dependable public transportation. City children have long been able to walk, skate or scoot to school, though…

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Kale for Everyone!

Education & Training Projects

Published: February 07, 2012

In this week's Recipes for Health, Martha Rose Shulman found inspiration at the farmers' market. On a recent Thursday at my neighborhood farmers' market, one farmer had three different varieties of kale on offer black kale (also known as cavolo nero, dinosaur kale, dragon tongue, lacinato or Tuscan kale), curly gray-green kale and red Russian kale, another ruffled variety that has red veins and a purplish color. I bought all three and had a…

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University looking for 'creative' ways to address Georgia obesity

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Published: February 06, 2012

The University of Georgia has launched an initiative to tackle a big-boned problem across the state of Georgia. University President Michael Adams announced an initiative against obesity last month, saying the problem has been long-term and will not be easy to beat. "The data showing how quickly our population has been overcome by this menace to public health are truly startling," Adams said in a University press release. "Obesity and its related diseases are taking…

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Day Six: Is Obesity an Infectious Disease? - Huffington Post

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Published: February 06, 2012

Daily Mail Day Six: Is Obesity an Infectious Disease? Huffington Post New findings suggest that obesity and liver disease can be caused by proteins that change microbe populations in the stomach, according to a study published in the February 2012 issue of the journal Nature. The Yale immunobiologists' discovery suggests … Obesity could be INFECTIOUS: Gut microbe imbalance is catching, study findsDaily Mail Obesity could be catchingTG Daily Today in Research: Health Benefits of Coffee;…

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Salt Lake City wins grant to experiment with 'protected' bike lanes

Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: February 06, 2012

Salt Lake City wins grant to experiment with “protected” bike lanes By Patty Henetz The Salt Lake Tribune Published Feb 6, 2012 07:58AM MDT A $25,000 grant to Salt Lake City will help traffic engineers test an innovative bike-safety tactic that uses parked cars to form a protected bike lane " a cost-effective move because construction will involve little more than green and white paint. The …

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